I've had a lot of exciting opportunities lately, including my first booksigning, carnival appearance, and book reading...all in a three-day period.
Writing can be stressful, but author appearances are scary. What if no one shows up? What if everyone shows up and you have to speak in front of them?
Last week was Children's Book Week, so it was a busy week in my world. First came my first ever official booksigning at this charming bookstore in Nashville on Thursday night:
I arrived to find this display out front:
During the event, I met a charming young girl named Hannah who reminded me why writing for young girls is the best job in the world. She was so excited to meet a real-life author she told her godmother later that, "you can't see it, but inside I feel like I have fireworks going on."
Saturday was a busy day. First there was a carnival at McGavock Elementary School, where kids stood in line to sign up to win a free copy of my book.
My mom stayed there with me all day, helping students fill out the entry slips and setting up my display table so it looked beautiful.
The carnival ended at 3 and I had to immediately jump in the car to rush to Parnassus Books. Parnassus is a fun Nashville bookstore that even has its own store dogs! How cool is that?
Parnassus hosted children's authors for 15-minute readings in honor of Indies First Storytime Day. I was honored to be included in this nationwide event. Plus, look at the cool swag I got as a thank you for participating.
In all, it was the scariest, most exciting week of my life so far--and there's more to come! I have two more events later this summer. At least they won't fall on the same week, though!
Have you participated in book events? Do you find them terrifying yet exhilarating like I did?